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Leadership in a Post-Truth World

Leadership in a Post-Truth World

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Alejandro T Reyes, Nona Mamulashvili, Marc Levitt, Jason Yip

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Key takeaways: 

  • Though ‘truth decay’ is not a new phenomenon, the challenge of recent years has been the proliferation of ideas of mass deception made more severe by inequality and the rise of populist and nationalist administrations.

  • For the US, the confluence of economic inequality, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and the rise of under-regulated social media platforms have fostered fear and mistrust in vulnerable communities.

  • Having had to combat fake news and Soviet propaganda, Caucasus countries such as Georgia have learned that the most important tools for building trust are strong democratic institutions.

  • To the extent that countries can collaborate and develop solutions for the post-pandemic global economy, trust can be restored among populations and end the cycle of ‘truth decay’.

  • Greater education among all groups of society is the long-term solution to fake news, but in the short-term states must work together to shut down malign actors spreading disinformation. 
About the Speakers

Scholar-In-Residence, Asia Society Hong Kong

Alejandro T Reyes

2020/21 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Nona Mamulashvili

Nona Mamulashvili is a 2020/2021 Tanoto AsiaGlobal Fellow. She is chairwoman of the Caucasus Economic Policy Institute. 

2017 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Marc Levitt

Marc Levitt is a 2017 AsiaGlobal Fellow. Marc Levitt is a current Visiting Assistant Professor at National Chengchi University and the Co-Founder and Partner of Zeitgeist Strategies.

2020/21 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Jason Yip

Jason Yip is a 2020/21 Tanoto AsiaGlobal Fellow. He is the Chief Executive Officer of MWYO.


Good leadership is crucial to building trust in a society. This means competent governance, effective policymaking, and informed, honest and sensible judgement. The advent of rapid-fire communications, rushed news cycles and pervasive social media have ushered in what has been called a "post-truth” world, with money politics, tribalism, increasing inequality, and the rise of populist movements leading to a severe breakdown in civility, community and the capacity for reform. The deadly and destructive invasion of the US Capitol by rioters was the latest example of the dire consequences of a crisis of confidence. In this webinar, AsiaGlobal Fellows will discuss the global trust deficit and the challenge that leaders face in a time of truth decay – What does good leadership mean when the spread of fake news, conspiracy theories, alternative facts and outright lies breeds suspicion, cynicism, irrationality and even violence?



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